FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island Qualifying Tournaments
Rhode Island Students of the Future will hold 4 FLL Qualifying tournaments, presented by National Grid, with support from the Textron Charitable Trust, during the 2019-20 CITY SHAPERS season. All teams competing in official FIRST LEGO League tournaments must be registered with FIRST, and no team may compete in more than one FIRST region. The region we serve is Rhode Island: both the students who live in Rhode Island, organizations in Rhode Island, and the future Rhode Island workforce. For this reason, we have a somewhat flexible policy on participation from teams from the communities that border Rhode Island. As illustrated by the US Census Bureau definition of the Providence Metro area, many communities in nearby Massachusetts are connected to Rhode Island by the road network and commuting patterns.
You may register to compete in Rhode Island if your team is from a school or organization within the State of Rhode Island or the Providence Metropolitan Statistical Area or if the team includes one or more Rhode Island residents. Multi-town school districts and organizational service areas that are partly within the MSA may participate. Our policy is to not accept registrations teams from out of state that are shopping for better odds in the competitions.
Registration for the qualifying tournaments will open in early October. At that time, we'll post the registration link. The qualifying tournament dates and locations are still being finalized, check back regularly for updates!
Rhode Island Qualifying tournaments feed into the State Championship or the Robot Invitational.
Our qualifying tournaments will be held on:
December 7, 2019: Ricci Middle School, North Providence
December 8, 2019: Rocky Hill School, East Greenwich
December 14, 2019: Portsmouth Middle School (hosted by Aquidneck Island Robotics)
December 15, 2019: Gordon School, East Providence
36 teams will advance to the State Championship at Roger Williams University on January 11, 2020.
In order to advance to the state championship, teams must compete in all three judged areas of FLL: Robot Game, Project and Core Values. Qualifying tournament judges will use the Champion’s Awards criteria to rank all of the teams, and the top teams on that list at each qualifier will advance. It is possible to advance to the State Championship without winning a Qualifying tournament award, and it's possible to win a qualifying tournament award and not advance to the State Championship. A team that focuses all their energy on the robot and has a lackluster project may not score well in the overall Champion’s criteria, and for that reason might win a Robot Performance or Robot Design award but not advance to the State Championship. Click here for more information on FLL Awards.